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May 21, 2014

By Neil Gordon

FOUO? Phooey!



Open Government The Pentagon's Inspector General is using the "for official use only" information label to bury findings of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement in defense programs.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 21, 2014

By Joshua Christensen

DoD IG Narrowing Whistleblower Protections



whistleblowers2 The DoD IG must reconsider its ruling that restricts who can receive a protected disclosure from contractor employees. The IG is ignoring the law and making it more difficult for whistleblowers to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DynCorp, Northrop Overcharge for Anti-Terrorism Program



Contract Oversight POGO obtained a Pentagon Inspector General report not released to the public that found Northrop Grumman and DynCorp International overcharged the government more than $91 million on a counter-terrorism contract, including $3 million for labor hours that e

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 1, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Subcommittee Slams Former Acting Homeland Security IG



Charles Edwards A Senate Subcommittee recently released a report on their investigation into allegations of misconduct against Charles Edwards, the former Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. The report illustrates the importance of IG independ

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 29, 2014

By Neil Gordon

“Flagrant 5” Firm Among Top USAID Afghan Relief Recipients



USAID Chart A top recipient of USAID Afghanistan reconstruction funding is the Louis Berger Group, one of the infamous "Flagrant Five" Wartime Contracting Commissioner Charles Tiefer called out for poor performance and questionable ethics.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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